NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Sarah Stonich at the Northeast Library


Sarah Stonich is a Northeast resident, a mom, a locavore, weekend hiker, neighborhood walker — and a well-recognized Minnesota writer. Sarah will share her thoughts, experiences and her written words at a special reading and talk sponsored by Friends of the Northeast Library on Thursday, September 29, 6:30-8:00 pm at the newly-renovated Northeast Library, 2200 Central Avenue. This special event is the first in a series of readings by local writers sponsored by Friends in celebration of the “new” library and of the recently-organized local Friends group.

Readers may well know Sarah’s books and other writings. She has published internationally acclaimed novels and short stories. Her first book, These Granite Islands, is set in Minnesota. Vacationland, is “a volume of interconnected stories” focused on a crumbling resort hosting a mix of visitors who tell the history of the place over four decades. Shelter is a memoir that Sarah describes as “a skinny dip into the past.” Sarah’s work is also included in the very popular Fiction on a Stick now being read by Minnesotans wherever they may be. Web readers will find several excerpts from Sarah’s writing online on Sarah’s generous website.

Radio listeners have likely heard one of the several interviews that Sarah has shared on local talk shows. During March of 2011 Sarah was interviewed by Euan Kerr, Ian Leask on Write on Radio! (KFAI) and Kerri Miller on MPR Midmorning. The interviews are all available for listening online.

Sarah offers a great interview, which portends a delightful evening at the Library. Consider this response to a questioner’s query concerning her thoughts on e-books: Sarah says, “By the time my 22 year old son’s generation are THE book consumers, Wally Lamb novels will be repurposed as doorstops, and big [publishing] houses that haven’t embraced the genre will have hung by their own petards and lack of vision.”

Reflecting on her own library experiences Sarah recalls recent times when she was
an itinerant library bum.”

During the down days at Northeast Sarah says she alternated among Bottineau, St. Anthony and her favorites in her hometown to the East. She reflects that she is “thrilled” that she will be the inaugural author talk presenter at the “lovely” renovated Northeast library. She expresses a generous hope to remain involved with plans for future Friends of Northeast- sponsored readings by local authors.

The evening with Sarah Stonich is free and open to the public. No reservations required.

Friends of the Northeast Library is a membership organization of friends and neighbors who support the local library. For more information click on the link or contact Friends at, call the library (612 543 6775) or pick up Friends information next time you’re visiting Northeast Library.

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